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Contact: Gillian Linden
LAS VEGAS (October 17, 2023)—Jeremiah Program (JP), a national nonprofit with one of the most successful strategies for helping single mothers and their children overcome the barriers that sustain generational poverty, today announced the members of its Community Board of Trustees. Miles Dickson, Founder and President at Nevada GrantLab; Edith Fernandez, Ph.D., VP of Culture, Planning & Policy at Nevada State University; and Nancy Brune, Ph.D. Las Vegas City Council Member, join board chair F. Gard Jameson, Ph.D., in providing guidance and insights for the Las Vegas campus.
“We are so honored to have such a strong cadre of leaders in the Nevada community as part of our strategic leadership,” said Maria Tucker, Ph.D. Executive Director, Jeremiah Program Las Vegas. “Our Community Board of Trustees provides critical perspective and supports deepening our relationships and impact within the region.”
The board members include:
- Miles Dickson, Founder and President at Nevada GrantLab: Miles Dickson is a third-generation Las Vegan with expertise and practical insight in the areas of government and nonprofit operations, public policy, strategy, social responsibility, and organizational development. Dickson is founder and president of Nevada GrantLab which supports nonprofit organizations and their government partners to access and administer federal grants that benefit Nevadans. He attended William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
- Edith Fernandez Ph.D., VP of Culture, Planning & Policy at Nevada State University: Fernández joined Nevada State in 2013. Her experience in higher education spans 25 years. She brings expertise in institutional research, student success initiatives, and strategic collaborations as well as significant marketing and organizational leadership skills. Throughout her career, Fernández has worked with students at community colleges as well as universities, specializing in financial aid, admissions, academic advising, service learning, study abroad, residence life, career services and student life. Fernández obtained her doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.
- Nancy Brune, Ph.D., Las Vegas City Council Member: A policy and social entrepreneur, Brune currently serves the residents of Ward 6 on the Las Vegas City Council. She is also a Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. Previously, she was founding Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Guinn Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy center in Nevada that seeks to identify evidence-based policy solutions through research and analysis, public engagement, and strategic partnerships.
JP Las Vegas was established in 2022 at the invitation of local partners, including Acelero Learning Clark County. This critical partnership ensures that second generation, JP kids, benefit from high-quality early education. The organization’s second-generation programming includes back-up childcare support, private tutoring, summer enrichment experiences and other developmental opportunities for JP kids.
The first four cohorts of over 175 JP Las Vegas moms and kids are a diverse group who live in North, West and East Las Vegas are preparing to or have already enrolled in higher education. The JP Las Vegas model is reflective of both the community and the organization’s commitment to building strong partnerships across the city in support of economic mobility for single moms and their kids. JP believes moms are the architects of their solutions and thus Las Vegas moms are creating a powerful sisterhood with impactful connections that uplift one another and enhance each other’s lives.
About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program (JP) is a national organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. By investing simultaneously in a mother’s vision for her personal and professional goals and the education of her children, she simultaneously reauthors her family’s outcome as well as her community’s –proof points matter. In 2023, JP is actively serving over 2,000 moms and children across nine cities: Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN; Las Vegas, NV; Minneapolis, MN; Rochester, MN; and St. Paul, MN.